Severe thunderstorm warning issued
A WEATHER warning has been issued for parts of NSW and Queensland, including the Northern Rivers.
At about 1.30 Thursday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology issues a severe thunderstorm warning for regions between the Sunshine Coast and the Hunter Valley.
Severe thunderstorms which are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall and could lead to flash flooding are expected.
The State Emergency Service has urged people to take the following precautions:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.